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This quote came from a book I use often when getting math coaching tips and ideas (Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at work) . Considering our grade level structures, data meetings, and PLCs this year, I feel that we now, more than ever, we are mobilized in a common vision of delivering effective instruction and developing a strong mathematical core for all of our students. Although we all have more to learn about for each standard and the progression it has throughout the grade levels, ACT Aspire, and STAR, I'm confident we will arrive at a better understanding because we're working together and pulling from each other's expertise. There's no stopping us now.... !

I've listed several resources below that I mentioned during data meetings. These resources are great for ALL of your kids, but some of them are great for stretching the thinking of your high kids even deeper. I've also included Prodigy Math, which I just heard about on Monday. As always, don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions!


Illustrative Mathematics (grades k-high school)

Illustrative Mathematics is a great resource for finding tasks that go beyond DOK levels 1 and 2. The tasks are organized by standard, so it is very easy to browse tasks related to your current standard. Several of you have asked me how I would use the tasks. I haven't reviewed ALL of the tasks, but it seems that some tasks lend themselves better for whole group, and some would be better for small group. You could make that judgement after studying the task.


Open Middle (grades k-high school)

This website is great for DOK levels 2 and 3. Many of the problems would elicit great reasoning and justification/discussion from students. They have gone back and added more to K-2 than the last time I checked it a couple of months ago. One downfall is that when you print the tasks, the "hint" and "answer" sections print on the same page. You could also cut off the bottom part though. The tasks would be great to use whole group, small group (especially your high kids), or in partner work (once expectations for what rich math discussions look like and sound like).

I have included examples of a 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade problem below.


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Prodigy Math (Grades 1-8)

I haven't used Prodigy Math, but I've heard great things about it. It is a game-based math website that resembles Front Row in a lot of aspects, but from what I saw on the video, it is more engaging than Front Row. It's also FREE. FOREVER. (So the website claims.) One thing I did look up is whether or not its compatible on our iPads. If the software is at least 8.0, it should be compatible; however, I don't think sound is an option in Safari because they wanted to improve the performance on iOS devices. If you use the computer labs, you should have full sound and even an option to have text read to the students if needed.

If any of you use it or try it and really like it, let me know so I can come watch and check it out!


CCSS Flipbooks

Last semester, you received a 3-prong folder with your grade level's CCSS math flipbook in it. These flipbooks are the FIRST place I go to when I need to know a standard better or see examples of what math the students are actually doing related to the standard. If you haven't used it, I encourage you to pull it out and read about the standard you're currently teaching. Since we know our standards build upon work of the previous grade level, on many standards for 2-5, the flipbook includes what the students did in the previous grade(s) related to that standard so you can start to see and learn the progression of different strands across the grades. (Numbers and Operations, Fractions, Base 10, etc.)

I mentioned during last week's data meetings that they have updated the flipbooks, so I'm including the link to them below. You will notice that the standards are highlighted green, yellow, or blue. Although we teach every standard, some standards demand more time during the school year because they are part of the "major work" of the grade level. Those are coded green. The additional and supporting standards are still important and have to be mastered; however, they work together to support the major (green) standards. (If you attended the AMSTI pacing guide workshop this summer, you remember that this is how your grade level's pacing guide was created and why it is color coded.)

http://alex.state.al.us/ccrs/node/76 (scroll down to see your grade level's flipbook.)